Board OKs buying buses despite discord
By Ben Robinson
COUNTY — After considerable debate and disagreement, the Pickens County School Board voted 4-2 Monday night to purchase two new activity buses for around $250,000.
Board chairman Alex Saitta objected because the proposed money for the buses would come from the district’s general fund.
“That’s education dollars,” he said.
Board member Judy Edwards said the buses are needed.
“The activity buses don’t just go to sports,” Edwards said. “These buses are important to our children’s safety.”
Edwards pointed out that the buses are often used for field trips and educational experiences.
“Activity buses don’t just go to sports. We take children to aquariums (and) we take children to the museums,” Edwards said. “There are educational activities. It’s not just to go play a sport. These activities are very, very important in our children’s education. And just sitting in a classroom is not the only way to educate children.”
Saitta suggested that the board search the budget and find items not as important as the activity buses and cut them